Pagan Parenting: Snowy Day Fun Inside

Happy New Year, readers! We’re having a quiet day in because of the lake effect snow in Northern NY. We definitely needed some rest. I feel like I say this often, but December is so darn busy!  It’s pretty cold and windy today, so while we enjoy watching the snow through the window, Bee hasn’tContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Snowy Day Fun Inside”

Our Solstice Bouquet

We did something different this year for our “Solstice tree,” although it looks more like a “Solstice bush.”  As you may remember from recent years, I’ve felt that I should not cut a tree down for the holidays.  I don’t have a fireplace or wood stove, and I don’t have enough storage to keep itContinue reading “Our Solstice Bouquet”

Pagan Parenting: Autumn Fun with a One Year Old

This is my favorite time of year, so naturally I’m over the moon when it comes to sharing it with my little one.  It’s hard to enjoy traditions, old or new, with an infant, however. This year is a whole new experience!  She’s able to interact with the world around her, so it’s a greatContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Autumn Fun with a One Year Old”

A Return to the Forest is a Return to Myself

We had planned to attend the Central New York Pagan Pride Day today, but in what seems to be a continuation of a pattern I’m only starting to see, health issues got in the way of socializing with a wider group of Pagans.  Wellspring was thwarted by surgery; the Fairy and Earth festival cut short byContinue reading “A Return to the Forest is a Return to Myself”

Pagan Parenting: Encouraging a Love of Fresh, Seasonal Food

  My toddler daughter is mastering walking (and running), and loves going outside to walk around my garden.  She’s also mastering her fine motor skills, which has made for some mildly stressful walks.  She’s seen me harvest enough food from the garden to understand that you can pick things and eat them.  Thankfully, she doesn’t putContinue reading “Pagan Parenting: Encouraging a Love of Fresh, Seasonal Food”

North Country Druid: An Afternoon on Wellesley Island

Like most people in America, I spent some time outdoors with my family this Labor Day weekend. We decided to explore one of the larger islands in the 1000 Islands – Wellesley Island. We chose to take a late afternoon hike on one of the shorter trails at the Minna Anthony Nature Center. We arrivedContinue reading “North Country Druid: An Afternoon on Wellesley Island”

Sacred Mountains

Last Friday, my husband and I returned to the sacred land of our childhood – the glorious Adirondack Mountains of Upstate, NY.  Neither of us had been born there, but we spent time there as children.  As for myself, my family seemed to travel there just about every weekend in the summers.  Most often, we swamContinue reading “Sacred Mountains”

Nature Awareness: Adventures in Foraging

I’m one of those people who reads multiple books at a time, and you can bet that at least one title I’m working through is about herbalism or foraging.  I just started Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal.  It’s a beautifully photographed guide featuring tips for identification,Continue reading “Nature Awareness: Adventures in Foraging”

Nature Awareness: Change and Potential

The forest is full of exciting energy right now.  It’s similar to the energy I feel in the autumn; it’s change and potential. The ice gives way to the warm sunbeams penetrating the forest canopy. Copious deer droppings around these icy terreriums reveal that they are serving as watering holes until they evaporate. Even afterContinue reading “Nature Awareness: Change and Potential”